Parents, if you want wonderful pictures of your children, never teach them to say "cheese"! Please learn from my mistake or you will have thousands of photos just like mine - squinted eyes, scrunched up noses, clenched teeth, and an image that just screams "say cheez!!!". Join me while I search for that one perfect shot that doesn't conjure up images of dairy products. Oh, and unless you like that *messy* look, you'll probably want to clean their faces before you snap away. I never seem to remember myself.

An imporant sidenote is to make sure you document your life! Recording the little details of the who, what, where, when, & why makes for wonderful stories and captures your life for years to come. Because if you are like me, you'll forget it all 5 minutes later!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Things that make my life easier...pb&j!!!

This simple little sandwich has saved my sanity many a time! It is simple, nutritious, and quick! And "quick" is the important part. My children love this sandwich and too often I find that I'm short on time and the kids want lunch, like 5 minutes ago! Fortunately they love whole grain bread, natural peanut butter and berry jam preserves. In fact, one time we were on vacation and got my son a pb&j sandwich at a deli. Well, these sandwiches were on white bread and made with traditional peanut butter (very creamy) and grape jelly. My son wouldn't touch it! He thought it looked too strange and pouted. Well I must tell you that that just made the nutritionist in me secretly happy. :-)

Here's my pb &j that will undoubtedly make my life immensely easier this week.

Monday, March 5, 2007

About as good as it gets right now (unfortunately)

Well I've tried to take some photos over the past week. "Tried" is the key word here. I've come to the sad realization that I just cannot photograph my children right now. They don't cooperate they way I want them to! Why can't a 6 year old, 4 year old and 2 year old (well she turns two tomorrow) ignore the camera, go about their business and and give me sweet looks in the right light? Why do they feel the need to stick out their tongues while turning upside down or constantly say "cheese"? Sigh. Every once in a while I can get a nice shot of one of them, but to get a pic with all three together? Forget it! So for now, I'll have to stick to nature and still life stuff...while I pray for warmer weather, some sunshine, and a good park day. Good park days can be good picture days. Now I only have to wait six more weeks or so for that. Until then, this is about as good as I got...

Some shots of the waterfall in our backyard. Since I'm trying to play catch up with the challenges (because I'm a tad anal and need to catch up as I always have the need to be on top of things) this fulfills the challenges from week 4 (water) and week 9 (tell us something about you - I love waterfalls and nature and this is in my backyard, but I don't nearly appreciate it as much as I should).

SS 1.8 sec, f/11, ISO 100

SS .60 sec, f/16, ISO 100

We were finally able to get out on the ice. I figure these can count as week 5 (sports) and week 9 again (I have children who also like to be outdoors).

SS 1/250, f/8, ISO 200

SS 1/250, f/10,ISO 400

I thought I'd include a pic of my dd just being herself - messy face, dressing herself up exactly how she wants to - she LOVES these toy goggles of her brothers and it is a rare shot in that she is actually looking at the camera and not mugging for it. I'll put this in the week 2 them (introduction of myself - I have a dd

f/4, SS 1/60 sec, ISO 400

Here is a shot I was trying last week for week 9 (tell us something about you). I LOVE beads, love playing with them, creating jewelry, buying them, and love all the colors. Delicas are my fav seed beads.

SS 1/6 sec, f/4, ISO 100

So there you have a hodge podge of stuff that I've gotten over the past week or so! Funny how a few hundred pictures can be snapped and it is a struggle to come up with a handful to share here. Oh well, guess that is how it goes with learning this art of photography. Good thing it is digital! :-)

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Some Flowers for You

POTD botanicals from week six. I LOVE photographing flowers. They don't move, they don't complain, they aren't easily distracted, usually smell pretty good, and they seem to always be smiling (and not a cheezy smile either). Don't get me wrong, I love photographing my children but sometimes it is just more zen to snap away at a flower or two. I guess I was having one of those zen moments when I did this photo shoot. Hopefully when the days get a little ragged, I can gaze at these and visualize that zen. But then again sometimes zen can be a bit overrated, don't you think?

details: dRebelXT, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro, f/11, 1/40 sec, ISO 800

details: dRebelXT, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro, f/5.6, 1/50 sec, ISO 800

March is National Nutrition Month - Have an Orange!

Did you know today is the start of National Nutrition Month? Yipee! Ok, so I'm not really working in my career (nutritionist/dieitian) at the current time, but I still feel like I'm supposed to recognize these types of things. Maybe it is a small way of justifing all that tuition money not being put to use right now. Anyway, in my small effort to honor this national event, may I present my tribute...

Now I realize that I'm really behind on the POTD posting since it started 1/1/07 and I'm now just joining 3 months in, so I think I'll count this is the "free for all" challenge from week one. Hopefully I'll slowly catch up with the challenges, but in the meantime, ORANGE you glad I posted my orange??? ;-)

Details: dRebelXT, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro, f/8, 1/25 sec, ISO 800

Welcome and Happy Viewing (I hope!)

Hi there and welcome to my brand new blog! So, I'm learning all about this blog thing while at the same time trying to improve my photography...should be a very interesting journey and very amusing for the observer! I'm part of this POTD group (photo of the day) on the 2P's photography forum, but I already know there is no way I'll post something each day. I'm going for more of a POTW (photo of the week) as that seems more my speed. And while I'm trying to capture that photo I'm going to do my best to stop myself from asking my kids to say "cheez"! (How long do you think I'll last before I cave and say this? Bets anyone?)